Boston College Eagles football is happening, and it’s happening this month. You should probably get tickets.
Who Wears 27 Now
Justin Simmons, DB, sophomore
Simmons played last season as a true freshman, getting into all 12 games. The photograph to the right shows his first collegiate interception, which came against Maryland in October. He will certainly be hoping to add to the total this season, as he figures to get more playing time in the Eagles’ backfield. At present, he is listed as the backup at free safety behind Sean Sylvia.
Notables Who Wore 27
• Keith Barnette, FB, 1973-75. One of the all-time BC greats; 34 career touchdowns scored.
• DeJuan Tribble, CB, 2004-07. A leading BC DB in the 2000s; drafted by San Diego Chargers.
• Paul Cook, FS, 2000-03. Played in several dozen games as an Eagle.
• Okechukwu Okoroha, FS, 2009-10. Kicked off team; went to Marshall with Dominick LeGrande.
Obligatory Flutie Reference
Doug Flutie threw 27 touchdowns during his Heisman season of 1984; this record was surpassed in 2007 by Matt Ryan (31).
Avert Your Eyes
Last season, Army converted 27 first downs against the Eagles solely by running the ball.
Avert Your Eyes II
Remember the “Snow Bowl” in 2011 when Rolandan Finch went off on Maryland? Last year, the Terps got their revenge on the Eagles’ running game. 27 carries got the Eagles eight yards. Joke’s on them, though: they lost both games.
Boston College scored 27 points in their Hall of Fame Bowl win over Georgia in 1986.
Gone Bowling II
They also scored 27 points in their win over Boise State in the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl.
Feel The Rush
Montel Harris, Troy Stradford, and Darnell Campbell all ended their Boston College careers with 27 rushing touchdowns, tying them for third all-time. Derrick Knight also had 27 career touchdowns.
Well, What About The ’27 Eagles?
That team went 4-4, and though they lost to titans like Villanova and Georgetown, they did beat UConn.